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. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. merkley: thank you, mr. president. this list is a list that americans would well be familiar with, the methodist groups, jewish groups and so on and so forth from the specter of protestant religion, christian religions, other religions. it's powerful and helpful that they have written to share their perspectives, and i thank them for doing so. business coalitions have also waited. i have here the business -- the letter from the business coalition for workplace fairness. their letter is much shorter. it's signed onto approximately 120 companies. and i will read it for you now. it says the majority of united states businesses have already started addressing workplace fairness for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees, but we need a federal standard that treats all employees the same way. the business coalition for workplace fairness is a group of leading u.s. employers that support the employee nondiscrimination act, a federal bill that would provide the same basic protections that are already afforded to workers across the count
? the presiding officer: the senator from oregon. mr. merkley: thank you. i ask unanimous consent to have a short colloquy with the junior senator from arizona and the senator from wisconsin. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. merkley: thank you very much. i appreciate so much the comments of my colleague from arizona on the challenges inherent in getting our budget under control, and i particularly appreciated over the last few days the conversation we've had about the employment nondiscrimination act. and i would like to say that you have -- the senator from arizona has brought particular value in expressing concerns about how we make sure businesses have the guidance that they will need to implement this act effectively and that particularly, as this act embraces an area and that is transgender discrimination, that was not a part of the act that was considered in the house of representatives. mr. flake: i thank the gentleman from oregon. i appreciate the work that -- that his office did with my office this week to try to arrive at language that we could put into an amendment. we wer
the floor. mr. merkley: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from oregon. mr. merkley: i ask to speak for up to ten minutes as in if in morning business. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. merkley: i ask unanimous consent for my intern, bruce layman to have the privileges of the floor for the balance of the day. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. merkley: thank you very much. i rise, mr. president, to address an issue that should be of concern to all americans and that is the advice and consent function of the u.s. senate regarding nominations. this is the critical check envisioned by our founders in which the president has the power to nominate for the executive branch positions and for judicial nominees, and in the senate held responsible to provide a check to make sure there are not outrageous nominees that are placed in positions and that is the advice and consent function. which throughout our history has basically been a simple majority function with very rare exception. now, this issue comes up at this moment because two weeks ago, a minority of t
: the clerk will call the roll. quorum call: mr. merkley: madam president? the presiding officer: the senator from oregon. mr. merkley: madam president, i ask the quorum call be lifted. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. merkley: thank you. i rise simply to ask unanimous consent that my intern who is shadowing me today, chloe becker, be accorded full privileges of the floor for the balance of the day. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. merkley: thank you very much, madam president. and i recognize -- i ask the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll. quorum call: quorum call: the presiding officer: the senator from vermont. mr. leahy: mr. president, i ask consent the call of the quorum be dispensed with. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. leahy: mr. president, the budget conferees are working to reach agreement on the fiscal year 2014 budget. i want to complement senator murray for the great work she has done on this. and i would join those who have expressed strong support for their efforts. we all know the consequences will b
the first half. a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from oregon. mr. merkley: thank you, mr. president. i rise today along with my colleague from new mexico to protest the paralysis that has kept the senate from confirming well-qualified nominees to do their jobs. the u.s. senate provides the opportunity for all of us to weigh in under our constitutional role of advice and consent. advice and consent regarding nominations to the executive branch and to the judicial branch by the president. now, everyone in this body agrees that the senate should under this responsibility serve as a significant check on the quality of presidential nominations. the quality of nominations or nominees for the court and for executive positions, and i certainly share that sentiment that the senate should provide this significant check on quality. the senate should vet nominees. we should question them. we should debate them, and then we should vote on whether to confirm or reject them. what was absolutely clearer, however, is that when advice and consent becomes block and destroy, then the
to discuss that topic further. >> thank you. over to you, mr. chairman. >> senator merkley? >> thank you very much. i wanted to ask a couple things related to different forms of crimes that -- quote crimes thaa have occurred with bitcoins. the first thing i want to ask i there is a centralized public ledger that's encrypted. so the anonymity is
you so much. mr. cotney. >> did you.merkle good afternoon, chairman warner and merkley, ranking members kirk and heller, members of the submit. my name is david cotney and i serves t as the commissioner of banks for the commonwealth of massachusetts. it is my pleasure to testify before you today on be-half behalf of the conference of ou state supervisor.hold i thank you forin holding this n hearing today to address the risks and benefits of virtual currency. theri risks of virtual currency include consumer protection, payment systems, national ity, m security, money laundering, and other illicit activities. the potential benefits are also differ.fits are speed and efficiency, lower transaction costs, and providin an outlet for the unbanked and underbanked. with these evolving payment technologies states are exploring the connection between existing money transmitter regulation and virtual currencies. state regulators have long supervised money transmitters to protect consumers and preserve national security and lawnete enforcement interests. state regulators are talking with ind
a more perfect union. i urge my colleagues to support the legislation. and with that, mr. president, i would yield the floor. a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from oregon. mr. merkley: i appreciate the comments of my colleague from maryland who argued so well that the time has come to take a step in favor of equality, fairness and pass the employment nondiscrimination act. i too rise to speak to the importance of this action. the declaration of independence in its second paragraph says in words that are famous and well-known to all americans, "we hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, that they're endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, and among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." certainly that vision of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness is infused into everything we pursue in this nation in the success of individuals, in the success of our families, in the success of our communities, and the success of our nation. in the debate on which we are about to embark is deeply connected to th
, mr. chairman. >> senator merkley? >> thank you very much. i wanted to ask a couple things related to different forms of crimes that -- quote crimes thaa have occurred with bitcoins. the first thing i want to ask i there is a centralized public ledger that's encrypted. so the anonymity is only in ulyn terms of -- you're not truly anonymous. there is an encrypted version of who owns what. so one concern about the, if you will, the reliability of the currency is whether that encryption can actually be broken. so i want to ask that question. there are some very powerful code breakers in the world. and we certainly have cussio discussions about our own u.s. capability to break codes quite often up here. but the second is we've had this series of reported crimes. one was a bitcoin savings and trust which ran a pyramid scheme in bitcoins. we also had the hacking of a bitcoin exchange called bit floor. and as it was reported, 24,000 bitcoins were stolen.2 and we had instawallet, a wallet provider that was hacked and ed. they lost 35,000 bitcoins. these are not small dollar items given the
, if we're not able to fix this? mr. merkley: i thank my colleague from louisiana for her tireless efforts in this regard and we can tell from the commentaries that have just been put forward, a senator from massachusetts, from mississippi, a senator from north dakota, louisiana, of course,, and now representing oregon. and these are folks representing blue states and red states and all types of different terrain and they have the common purpose of addressing the dysfunction in the biggert-waters bill that was passed. just to give you a small feeling for this, we have a family in oregon, the hay family from eagle creek, wanted to sell their home, had a nice young couple that wanted to buy it and it was all approved except for the insurance policy and from the couple found out that the insurance policy would not be the $500 that the current family is paying but $5,000 a year, the deal fell apart. because for every thousand dollars that you pay in flood insurance, the value of the home drops by $20,000. so not only is the couple who wanted this home unable to buy it because of the home value
of the hearse, president's body in the casket. admiral merkley, mrs. kennedy and me. >> rose: is there a conversation? >> nothing was said all the way to love field. nothing. she was absolutely just -- >> rose: devastated? >> there wasn't anything she could say. >> rose: then you went directly to the plane? >> right to air force one. air force one crew removed some seats in the rear of the plane. we carried the casket up. we had a difficult time getting it through the door because of the size. we had to break the handles off. placed it in the rear of the aircraft and then mrs. kennedy came on board and senate that rear portion. the. >> rose: where the casket was? and then the question came of the swearing in of lyndon johnson. >> there was an immediate problem because at first we had forgotten that lyndon johnson was even on the plane. we knew he had gone back to love field but we were sure he'd gone on air force one or was on air force two. well, he was on air force one. apparently he had been talking to somebody in washington and the decision had been made that he needed to
statements.k witha and then i'll get to introducins the wintszs. and >> thank you, mr. chairman.ommie i want to thank you and chairmag merkley for holding this we're subcommittee. i think we need to have more of these. and with that i'll keep my statement relatively brief. today we're here to learn aboutn virtual currencies and cryptocurrencies.cies. the most popular of which of course is bitcoin. while generations in nevada have mined for gold and silver, copper, today nevadans can now l mine for new virtual currenciess on their computer. while these virtual currencies a are not yet widely accepted, th number of users continue to grow. and we must recognize that these innovations decentralize digital payment systems. today i look forward to learning about the long-term viability and practicality of virtual ticy currencies. i also want to learn how various government regulators interact i with virtual currencies, which by their design are meant to ben independent, of course, of any government. i will end with this note. the internet is a new frontier of innovation. is new with every new int
objection, so ordered. mr. reid: i want the record to reflect also that senator jeff merkley is on the floor who has been instrumental in allowing us to get to the point where we are. i ask unanimous consent the manned friday quorum be waived. i ask unanimous consent the motion to recommit and the pending amendments to the underlying bill be withdrawn, the reid of nevada amendment 2020 be wrawnd, no points of order be in order, that the senate proceed to the vote on the prpk toomey amendment sludge to a 60 affirmative vote threshold, the substitute amendment be agreed to, the senate proceed on a motion to invoke cloture on s. 815 as amended, the time until 2:00 p.m. -- 1:45 p.m. be equally divided and controlled between the two leaders or their designees, that at 1 45:00 p.m. all postcloture time be yielded back and the bill read a third time and vote on passage of the bill as amended. finally if cloture is not invoke i be recognized. the presiding officer: is there objection? so ordered. mr. reid: mr. president, i appreciate everyone's cooperation. this is how we should legislate. work toge
of my colleagues on that committee will make it clear that they are as well. thank you, mr. president. i yield the floor. >> the chief senate sponsor of the employer nondiscrimination act, senator jeff merkley of oregon spoke on the senate floor urging passage of the bill. he spoke about the history of the measure and quoted senator edward kennedy to a regionally introduced the bill in 2009. this is 25 minutes. >> mr. president. >> senator from oregon. >> i appreciate the comments my colleague from maryland who has argued so well that the time has come to take a bold step in favor of equality, in favor of fairness and pass the employer nondiscrimination act. i too rise to speak to the importance of this action. the declaration of independence in its second paragraph says in words that are famous and well known to all americans, we hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights, said that among these are life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. certainly that vision of life, liberty and the pursui
no plate for discrimination. thank you, mr. president. mr. merkley: mr. president? officer the senator from oregon. mr. merkley: i ask unanimous consent for five minutes to speak to this bill. the presiding officer: is there objection? so ordered. mr. merkley: thank you, mr. president. and i -- i thank my colleague who preceded me, who has summarized the substantial bipartisan collaboration that took place to bring this bill to this point, this bill that we will -- we'll be voting on in just a few minutes. and no one has done more than she has done to advance this conversation over many, many years. and i thank the senator from maine for those incredible efforts on behalf of ending discrimination and advancing liberty and opportunity. today the senate will vote to break the chains of discrimination that hold back millions of lgbt americans from the full promise of liberty. liberty -- the freedom to participate full until our society from the public square to the voting booth to the school, to the workplace. liberty, that quality deeply rooted in our national journey and embedded in our dec
: the senator from connecticut. mr. blumenthal: thank you, mr. president. i ask that the quorum call be vitiated. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. blumenthal: thank you. i want to begin by thanking a number of my colleagues for their leadership. senators merkley and harkin and others in this body who have championed the employment nondiscrimination act known as enda over many years with great passion and constancy, and now we are literally on the verge of approving this historic measure in this body and hopefully in the house of representatives. i've heard from numerous organizations that represent america's workforce. i'm quoting the u.a.w.. this legislation represents a step in the right direction toward providing equal opportunity for all americans. that message is also carried by america's faith leaders, our business community generally, and many others who have fought over the years for civil rights and civil liberties. it is one of the paramount civil rights issues of our time, and i'm proud to be fighting for it. i'd like to mention some of the american businesses that have s
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